HUNTER FOOTBALL - 2009
2009 results (8-4, 5-1)

Aug. 21 - KEARNS (W 13-0)
Aug. 28 - at Highland (L 3-27)
Sept. 4 - BRIGHTON (L 0-31)
Sept. 11 - at West* (L 10-21)
Sept. 18 - CYPRUS* (W 38-0)
Sept. 25 - at Granger* (W 56-20)
Sept. 30 - MURRAY* (W 48-14)
Oct. 9 - COTTONWOOD* (W 24-14)
Oct. 16 - at Skyline* (W 35-34)
-----5A playoffs-----
Oct. 30 - WEBER (W 24-20)
Nov. 6 - LONE PEAK (W 45-37)
Nov. 13 - vs. Davis (L 17-41)

* - Region 4 games
Home games in CAPS


2008 results (4-7, 2-3)

Aug. 22 – DAVIS (L 0-27)
Aug. 29 – at Timpanogos (L 16-22)
Sept. 5 – at Brighton (W 27-14)
Sept. 12 – ALTA (L 0-21)
Sept. 19 – SPANISH FORK (W 41-13)
Sept. 25 – at Kearns* (L 12-21)
Oct. 3 – COPPER HILLS* (W 20-14)
Oct. 10 – at West Jordan* (W 20-0)
Oct. 15 – at Bingham* (L 7-41)
Oct. 23 – RIVERTON* (L 7-27)
-----5A playoffs-----
Oct. 31 - at Layton (L 7-24)

* - Region 3 games
Home games in CAPS


Hunter links

* - Hunter home page
* - Hunter boys basketball page
* - Hunter girls basketball page
* - Hunter season preview
* - Hunter football history
* - Hunter High School website
* - Hunter site on Wikipedia.org
* - Hunter football site
* - Hunter 2009 football roster
Region 2 standings


Hunter            5      1     211  103         8      4     223   259
Cottonwood    5      1     247    85         8      4     401   253
Skyline           4      2     256  157         7      4     386   260
West               4      2     188  120         5      6     242   248
Murray            2      4     151  238         3      6     209   293
Granger          1      5       96  270         3      7     176   406
Cyprus            0      6       61  239         2      8     162   372

Nov. 13 result (5A semifinal)

Davis 41, Hunter 17

Nov. 6 games (5A playoffs)

Hunter 45, Lone Peak 37 (4 OT)
Alta 37, Cottonwood 13

Oct. 30 results (4A playoffs)

Cottonwood 23, Viewmont 7
Hunter 24, Weber 20
Syracuse 31, Skyline 7
Davis 28, West 7

Oct. 22 results

Cottonwood 52, Cyprus 8
West 55, Granger 20
Skyline 59, Murray 35

Oct. 16 results

Cottonwood 54, Granger 0
Murray 24, Cyprus 17 (OT)
Hunter 35, Skyline 34
Olympus 7, West 6

Oct. 9 results

Hunter 24, Cottonwood 14
Granger 27, Cyprus 7
West 35, Murray 14
Skyline 41, East 7

Oct. 2 result

Granger 27, Snake River (ID) 24

Sept. 30 results

Cottonwood 32, West 9
Skyline 49, Cyprus 19
Hunter 48, Murray 14

Sept. 25 results

Cottonwood 43, Skyline 28
Hunter 56, Granger 20
West 49, Cyprus 10
Region                          Overall
W     L      PF    PA         W     L       PF    PA
Nov. 13 - Davis 41, Hunter 17

Story of the game - Tanner Hinds rushed for 187 yards, including a
pair of long touchdown runs, as Davis buried Hunter and moved into
the 5A championship game.

Hunter's best moment - RB Ekuasi Tavo took over for the injured
La'au Tanuvasa and had 171 yards on 32 carries, including the
Wolverines' first touchdown. He was the majority of the team's offense.

Davis' best moment - Hinds had a great day, but so did QB Gavin
Fowler, who completed 9 of 9 passes for 127 yards and two scores.
The Darts suffered turnover problems in the first half, but blew the
game open after halftime.

What we learned from this game - The Cinderella story ends, but it
was fun while it lasted. Hunter won seven straight games after being
left for dead. The offense was the key, and made 2009 a memorable
season.

Next - Hunter finished the season with an 8-4 record. Davis advanced
to play
Bingham in the 5A finals.

Links - Every Salt Lake media outlet attended the game. To read the
Deseret News story,
click here. For the sidebar, click here. For the Salt
Lake Tribune story,
click here. For the sidebar, click here. To see the
D-News photo gallery,
click here. For the Trib's photos, click here.


Nov. 6 - Hunter 45, Lone Peak 37 (4 OT)

Story of the game - RB Ekuasi Tavo rushed for 102 yards, including
two touchdowns in overtime, as Hunter outlasted Lone Peak in a
four-overtime thriller to advance to the 5A semifinals.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines trailed 17-10, and things
weren't looking good, but Tavo intercepted a pass and then QB Brett
Lunceford kept the drive going with a 29-yard pass on fourth down to
Tevita Bloomfield that led to the tying score.

Lone Peak's best moment - QB Tannon Pedersen threw for 300
yards for the Knights, who rallied from a 10-3 halftime deficit with a
pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Lone Peak had a chance to win the
game in the fourth quarter, but a 47-yard field goal went wide left.

What we learned from this game - Hunter continues its cinderella
season with a dramatic victory - one of the best this season. Most
people thought Lone Peak would win this game, but now there is just
one team from Region 4 among the final four.

Next - Hunter will play Davis in one semifinal game. Lone Peak
finished with a 9-3 record.

Links - There were three media outlets at the game, and the Salt Lake
Tribune sent a photographer. To read the Deseret News article,
click
here. To view the Tribune story, click here. To read the Provo Herald,
click here. To see the Tribune's photos, click here.


Oct. 30 - Hunter 24, Weber 20

Story of the game - RB La'au Tanuvasa rushed for 149 yards and two
touchdowns as Hunter rallied from an early deficit to edge Weber in
the first round of the 5A playoffs.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines have a big offensive line and
like to use it. Hunter rushed the ball 54 times and wore down Weber.
Fausia Tanuvasa had one of the game's big plays with a 50-yard run
from the "Wildcat" formation.

Weber's best moment - The Warriors scored quickly, in the first and
third quarters, and had Hunter on the ropes. Jayce Warren recovered
a blocked punt in the end zone to give Weber a 7-0 lead. Jake Oberg
also caught a 49-yard TD pass from Dallin Adams on the first play of
the third quarter.

What we learned from this game - Hunter survived the first round
and it did it playing the Hunter way. The Wolverines also didn't get
scared about falling behind early.

Next - Hunter plays host to Lone Peak Nov. 6. Weber is done for the
season.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at the game, and
the Deseret News sent a photographer. To read the D-News story,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune article, click here. To see the
D-News photo gallery,
click here.


Oct. 16 - Hunter 35, Skyline 34

Story of the game - RB Ekuasi Tavo scored twice on long runs, and
Hunter took advantage of failed fourth-down play by Skyline, and a
missed extra point, to claim a narrow Region 2 win and earned a top
seed in the upcoming 5A playoffs.

Hunter's best moment - The game went back-and-forth, and could
have gone into overtime had Skyline made its extra point attempt.
Tavo had a big game, as well as La'au and Fausia Tanuvasa. The
defense won the game when it stopped Skyline on fourth down at its
own 39-yard line, which set up the final touchdown.

Skyline's best moment - Hunter controlled the line of scrimmage, but
Skyline stayed in the game on QB Chase Dunford's passing. Dunford
threw three scoring passes, and RB Algernon Brown had one, too.
The missed PAT means Skyline will spend the next week working on
it because those will be important in the post-season.

What we learned from this game - Hunter completed its
rags-to-riches story and coach Dustin Pearce will likely earn a coach
of the year award, if it's offered. The Wolverines line play is the key.

Next - Hunter is done until the post-season, when it will host the No. 4
seed from Region 1.
Skyline plays at Murray next week.

Links - The Deseret News sent a reporter and photographer to the
game, while the Salt Lake Tribune sent a photographer. To read the
D-News story,
click here. To see the D-News photos, click here. To
check out the Trib's photo gallery,
click here.


Oct. 9 - Hunter 24, Cottonwood 14

Story of the game - La'au Tanuvasa rushed for 166 yards and Hunter
took advantage of several Cottonwood mistakes - penalties and
turnovers - and shocked the Colts to take over first place in Region 2.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines had good karma from the
beginning, when they recovered a Cottonwood fumble on the kickoff.
Hunter kept the ball for five minutes, then Jake Jex booted a field goal.
Hunter led 17-7 at halftime.

Cottonwood's best moment - After Hunter went up 3-0 early, the Colts
moved the ball quickly and went ahead on a 39-yard touchdown run by
Nadan Hosea. The Colts didn't score again until the game had
already been decided.

What we learned from this game - This was Hunter's fourth straight
win, and its biggest of the season. The Wolverines have turned it
around and are now a contender in 5A. One more win and the Region
2 title is theirs.

Next - Hunter travels to Skyline. Cottonwood travels to Granger.

Links - Both newspapers had reporters and photographers at the
game. To read the Deseret News story,
click here. To view the Salt
Lake Tribune article,
click here. To see the D-News photo gallery, click
here. To check out the Trib's photos, click here.


Sept. 30 - Hunter 48, Murray 14

Story of the game - La'au Tanuvasa rushed for a career-high 291
yards and scored four touchdowns as Hunter went on the road and
blitzed Murray in a Region 2 game.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines dominated the line of
scrimmage. Tanuvasa averaged a whopping 20 yards per carry, and
teammate Ekuasi Tavo did a little better, running four times for 87
yards. Hunter ended with 556 yards total offense.

Murray's best moment - After Hunter took a 7-0 lead, QB Dee
Hamala led the Spartans on a touchdown drive, scoring on a short
run. But Murray couldn't keep up. The offense didn't score again until
the fourth period. Hamala had a decent night running, with 127 yards
on 12 carries.

What we learned from this game - The win wasn't surprising, but the
dominance was. Hunter has completely blitzed its last three
opponents, and now has a chance to be part of the Region 2 race.

Next - Hunter plays host to Cottonwood. Murray has a home game
against
West.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at the game. To read the
D-News story,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune box score,
click here.


Sept. 25 - Hunter 56, Granger 20

Story of the game - Fausia Tanuvasa returned the opening kickoff for
a touchdown and Hunter's defense forced five turnovers to claim a
relatively easy win over Granger in the Lancers' homecoming game.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines dominated the opening half,
and La'au Tanavasa was the team's top rusher, and also returned an
interception 52 yards for a score. This was - by far - Hunter's best
offensive performance this season.

Granger's best moment - The Lancers retired former player Fahu
Tahi's number at halftime, and then the crowd got excited again when
Quincy Myers returned the kickoff 90 yards for a score. Zach Buchanan
caught a 42-yard TD pass to narrow the gap to 42-20.

What we learned from this game - Another great outing for Dustin
Pearce's team and scored a season high 56 points. Hunter has
become a force in the region.

Next - Hunter has a Region 2 game against Murray Sept. 30. Granger
plays at Snake River, Idaho, on Oct. 2.

Links - The Salt Lake Tribune had a reporter at the game. To read the
Tribune article,
click here. To view the Deseret News brief, click here.


Sept. 18 - Hunter 38, Cyprus 0

Story of the game - RB La'au Tanavasa rushed for 163 yards and
three touchdowns as Hunter's offensive and defensive lines were
dominating and it resulted in an easy Region 2 win for the Wolverines.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines scored 24 points in the
second quarter. After their third TD, coach Dustin Pearce's team
recovered an onsides kick, and Jason Jex booted a field goal just
before halftime.

Cyprus' best moment - The Pirates played tough in the first quarter,
and the score was still tied 0-0. Cyprus never threatened and was
shut out for the first time this season.

What we learned from this game - The win wasn't surprising, but the
way they did it was. The Wolverines dominated the line of scrimmage
for the first time since the Kearns game.

Next: Hunter travels to Granger. Cyprus has a home game against
West.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at the game. To read the
D-News story,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune box score,
click here.


Sept. 11 - West 21, Hunter 10

Story of the game - RB Tana Afeaki ran for 165 yards and two
touchdowns as West pulled ahead and held off Hunter in a Region 2
game that also featured a near-brawl.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines had trouble moving the
football, but QB Brett Lunceford connected with Niko Davidson on a
5-yard scoring toss late in the game. Hunter tried an onsides kick, but
it failed.

West's best moment - This was homecoming at West, and the
Panthers controlled the game most of the way, thanks to its line play.
West had 241 yards rushing, but not much of a passing game.

What we learned from this game - Hunter lost its region opener, and
has been "out physicaled" in every game since its season opener.
The Wolverines need to change that right away.

Next - Hunter returns home to play Cyprus. West travels to Skyline.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at the game, and
the Tribune sent a photographer. To read the D-News story,
click
here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune article, click here. To view the
Trib's photo gallery, click here.


Sept. 4 - Brighton 31, Hunter 0

Story of the game - Sophomore QB Andy Jones passed for 167 yards
and two touchdowns, and Sosake Takai had a good night  rushing
but, once again, Brighton's defense stole the show with another
dominating performance.

Hunter's best moment - In the first half, the Wolverines matched
Brighton's physical play and it was still a game. But Hunter's offense
has not reached its peak and has only scored three points the last
two games.

Brighton's best moment - The Bengals' physical defense set the tone
for the game, limiting Hunter to less than 50 yards of offense. It took a
while for Brighton to wear down its opponents. It led just 10-0 at
halftime.

What we learned from this game - After a disappointing performance
last week, Hunter showed some life early in the game against
Brighton, and played like it needs to in order to win. The offense,
though, was never a factor.

Next - Hunter starts Region 2 action at West. Brighton begins Region
4 action at Lone Peak.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers were there. To read the Deseret
News story,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune article, click here.


Aug. 28 - Highland 27, Hunter 3

Story of the game - Toi Taufa rushed for 93 yards and Mason Keller
ran for 75 more, but it was Highland's defense that limited Hunter to
just 103 yards of offense and claimed the convincing victory.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines' offense didn't do much, but
the special teams recovered a Highland fumble early in the third
quarter and QB Brett Lunceford moved the ball toward the end zone,
where Hunter had to settle for a field goal. Hunter had the momentum,
but their chances ended when Highland quickly scored.

Highland's best moment - Lloyd scored two touchdowns, although he
didn't touch the ball much during the game. After a Highland fumbled
resulted in Hunter's only score, the Rams quickly extended the lead
when Lloyd broke loose on a 58-yard touchdown run.

What we learned from this game - Coach Dustin Pearce said Hunter
was "out-physicaled" in this game, which is not Hunter football and
totally opposite from what happened in Game 1.

Next - Hunter returns home to play Brighton. Highland travels to play
rival
Skyline.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at the game (me). To read
the D-News article,
click here. To view my game blog, click here. To
see the Salt Lake Tribune box score,
click here.


Aug. 21 - Hunter 13, Kearns 0

Story of the game - Tevita Bloomfield rushed for 198 yards and
Hunter's offense held on to the football for most of the second half
and claimed an impressive non-region win over Kearns in both
team's season opener.

Hunter's best moment - Hunter never trailed, and virtually put the
game away with a 23-play drive that resulted in a fourth-quarter field
goal. The Wolverines held Kearns to just 79 total yards, and netted
three turnovers.

Kearns' best moment - The Cougars did not mount an offensive
threat, and coach Bill Cosper attributed that to his young offensive
line, which starts two freshman and a sophomore. Kearns' rugged
defense, however, kept it in the game.

What we learned from this game - This was a good win for Hunter
between two traditional west-side schools known for physical play. It
has to be a big confidence-builder for coach Dustin Pearce's club.

Next - Hunter travels to Highland in an interesting matchup. Kearns
plays
Cyprus in its home opener.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers sent reporters to this game. To
read the Deseret News article,
click here. To view the Salt Lake
Tribune report,
click here.
Salt Lake Tribune photo
Tevita Bloomfield tries to escape a pair of West defenders during their
game Sept. 11.
Salt Lake Tribune photo
Hunter QB Brett Lunceford is tackled by West's Saukai Pulu.
Salt Lake Tribune photo
Hunter QB Brett Lunceford fades back to pass during the
Wolverines' 24-14 win over Cottonwood Oct. 9.
Deseret News photo
Hunter players celebrate a late touchdown in their victory over
Skyline Oct. 16 that clinched first place in Region 2.
Sept. 18 results

Bingham 45, Cottonwood 29
Hunter 38, Cyprus 0
Murray 48, Granger 23
Skyline 36, West 19

Sept. 11 results

Cottonwood 52, Murray 16
Cyprus 29, Taylorsville 10
Skyline 50, Granger 6
West 21, Hunter 10

Sept. 4 results

Cottonwood 35, Pine View 0
Juan Diego 55, Cyprus 17
Kearns 53, Granger 13
Brighton 31, Hunter 0
Murray 24, Taylorsville 9
Skyline 41, Highland 21

Sept. 3 result

Woods Cross 38, West 3

Aug. 28 results

Cottonwood 34, Sky View 20
Cyprus 41, Kearns 40 (OT)
Granger 17, Hug, Nev. 14
Highland 27, Hunter 3
Hillcrest 27, Murray 21
Olympus 28, Skyline 14
West 38, Tooele 13

Aug. 21 results

Alta 59, Cottonwood 20
Provo 28, Cyprus 14
West Jordan 40, Granger 23
Hunter 13, Kearns 0
Ogden 32, Murray 13
Skyline 27, Hurricane 14
Juan Diego 42, West 0
Deseret News photo
Fausia Tanuvasa celebrates his 50-yard touchdown run during
Hunter's 5A playoff victory over Weber.
Salt Lake Tribune photo
Hunter coach Dustin Pearce runs toward Ekuasi Tavo to
celebrate the Wolverines' playoff win over Lone Peak.
Deseret News photo
RB Ekuasi Tavo finds room to run. Tavo finished with 171 yards rushing against Davis, playing in place of Fa'au Tanuvasa.